Looking Backward: The 2007 Sessions

by Rocket Scientists

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Watch the sun set on my shoulder Oceans come and go flow through my eyes Mirror, mirror crack the earthbound river You can feel the time rushing by Ocean in the pouring rain Matter flowing through my veins Earth rolls on, earth rolls on Rain dance on a windy shore Earthbound forevermore Feel the weight of the world on your shoulders Listing, drifting through a piece of the big sky Days, like sand, slip through my hand Can't you feel the time rushing by? Shotgun on a desert train You bless the soul and pray for rain Earth rolls on, earth rolls on Searching for the open door You deserve so much more But time marches on Earth rolls on If you feel like a pawn in some greater game And if you feel the walls are closing in I am no messiah, I am no sorcerer - saint I am just a man bound to this land Take my hand So many days slip through my hand You can see a thousand worlds in my eyes Read the message in my teardrops Wonder how the time passed you by Ocean in the pouring rain Matter flowing through my veins Earth rolls on, earth rolls on Rain dance on a windy shore Earthbound forevermore
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I was on the outside Far, far away And I didn't know what all I had And how it would change Now I'm on the inside Looking down, down, down On the ladders and ropes I climbed To the top of this town I wanna go where the rich and famous go Heaven knows they're living in a picture show I am just a sailor On a cruel, cruel sea Turning and returning one day Pieces of me Where have all my old friends gone? Gone far, far away Maybe they'll return someday Maybe they'll stay We wanna go where the rich and famous go Heaven knows they're living in a picture show Stars will fall like raindrops do And time may change my point of view But everything I dreamed is coming true We wanna go where the rich and famous go Heaven knows they're living in a picture show
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Follow me, I'll ease the pain Blood and water flowing evermore Whisper softly, speak my name This time is just a sublime open door You called me saviour, speak to me in tongues Tell how the angels walked and now they run Minstrel saviour let me understand Am I the timeless fool Or am I a part of the plan? Turn the pages of my days In the court I stand a minstrel fool At center stage my days will pass Some gone forever and some going fast You called me saviour, take me far above These terran poisons, beating demon drums Minstrel saviour let the games begin Familiar stranger Time to sink or swim I see no storybook endings Just the blackness of empty space I see no justice balanced Just a jester's laughing face I see no brave utopia Just the bitter flux of time Drinking from the Tigris Drowning in the Rhine Listen softly falls the rain Blood like water flowing evermore And the tide is turning once again Let the tide keep turning forevermore You called me saviour, speak to me in tongues Tell how the angels walked and now they run Minstrel saviour let me understand Am I the timeless fool Or am I a part of the plan?
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They say a little rain must fall on every dream parade But I've been washed downstream And in sorrow's wake I've been passing the time All of the promises we made Don't mean a thing without you here I've been wandering and living in the past When sorrow falls A cold wind blows and the pictures start to fade The white washed walls Bitter are the memories that remain When sorrow falls Forgotten tales of yesterday I see your face in empty rooms all washed over No songs of love No rhythm, no rhyme Here on this snowbound winter day Will the sun refuse the shine? I've been wondering Fighting back the tears When sorrow falls A cold wind blows and the pictures start to fade The white washed walls Bitter are the memories that remain When sorrow falls
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Seems like a thousand years have passed All of the seasons have been broken Can I break the chains of time Sailing on its river Cast away the reins Reaching out forever Wind, carry me home Through autumn rain and winter snow I've been gone for heaven knows I'm on my way back home To where the rivers flow The pattern in the stars remains The road ahead looks quite familiar I'll break the chains of time Sailing on its river Cast away the reins Reaching out forever Wind, carry me home Through autumn rain and winter snow I've been gone for heaven knows I'm on my way back home To where the rivers flow Seems like a thousand years have passed All of the seeds of faith are scattered Can I break the chains of time Sailing on its river Cast away the reins Reaching out forever Wind, carry me home Through autumn rain and winter snow I've been gone for heaven knows I'm on my way back home To where the rivers flow
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Morning comes earlier each day Summer turns colder as autumn falls Darkness and daylight fade into gray Shadows that haunt prison walls They say time is a healer but time sealed your fate You walk with the lonely and live with the hate You need to rehearse but now the curtain is up And God knows the show must go on Oh, oh, oh Escape Oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Escape Once you were young and you dreamed of the stars Lighting the holes in the summer sky Racing the wind with your best avatars Blind to the time rushing by Slowly gravity pulled you on down from the sky You found that your wings were too heavy to fly You built up the walls to lock the daydreams away And lost yourself in the maze Oh, oh, oh Escape Oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Escape Oh, oh, oh, oh Morning comes earlier each day All dreams are fading as winter calls Starlight and shadows take you away Shapes on the old prison wall They’re hanging up Jesus in a motel room Some old velvet pictures, the sun and the moon The cigarette smoke is hanging stale in the air And God knows the show must go on Oh, oh, oh Escape ...
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Break the silence Right in front of me There’s a window Overlooks the sea Lightning strikes across the sky Oceans full of dreams that died Time is never on your side Break the silence Ashes through the rain Lower the curtain Lights out on the stage Vermillion colored waves will rise Oceans swallow paradise Water from a moonlit sky Breaks the silence Break the silence Waves are rolling in Hold the circle Shed this mortal skin Lightning strikes across the sky Oceans full of dreams that died Time is never on your side One last breath, a final sigh As the water rises high Mem’ries of a life gone by Break the silence
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I travel deep blue oceans Far from fields of green I long for lack of motion I dream for a change of scene Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song I leave from ports familiar Set sail to points unknown To pierce the heart of darkness Where the seeds of nightmares are sown Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song Dark are the days Cold are the nights Deep are the oceans below But strong are the winds That carry me home I sing you the mariner’s song
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In February of 2007, Mark McCrite (v,g), Erik Norlander (k) and Don Schiff (Stick) returned to the same Los Angeles-area studio where they recorded their early Rocket Scientists albums for a series of new sessions with drummer / percussionist Greg Ellis who appears on Norlander and Schiff's solo albums as well as on the Rocket Scientists - Oblivion Days album from 1999.

The quartet recorded a new disc of "live in the studio" material where they reinterpreted songs from the band's early studio albums, some with the benefit of over 15 years of perspective. "The 2007 Sessions", chronicles those recordings. Additional unreleased material recorded over the years was added to "The 2007 Sessions" disc including a special version of the Rocket Scientists classic, "Mariner", with guest vocals from long time Erik Norlander collaborator, Kelly Keeling. Two songs from the "Oblivion Days" album, "Escape" and "Break the Silence", were also remixed especially for "The 2007 Sessions" disc.

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released December 17, 2007

MARK McCRITE - vocals, guitars
ERIK NORLANDER - keyboards, vocals
DON SCHIFF - NS/Stick, Chapman Stick, bass guitars

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Greg Ellis - drums and percussion
Tommy Amato - drums
Lana Lane - vocals

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Rocket Scientists El Dorado Hills, California

Formed in the late 1980s by keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite, the two released their first CD in 1993 joined by bassist Don Schiff who soon became a part of the band. RS has played many festivals and concert dates across North America and Europe and continue to release new music. Memorable songwriting and innovative instrumentation are Rocket Scientists hallmarks ... more

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